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Google will protect the next European Parliament elections in May

Google Will Protect The Next European Parliament Elections In May

The next European Parliament elections will be protected by Google. Jigsaw will defend a selected audience against DDoS cyber attacks, will give training and Google account security tools, and also Perspective to automatically detect abusive online comments

The next European Parliament elections will be protected by Google. Especially by Project Shield, Alphabet’s anti-DDoS developed by the cyber security incubator Jigsaw. The technology will lock the vote against Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) cyber attacks, which employ fake traffic in overwhelming numbers to crash targeted sites. The technology has already been used to defend news and human rights organizations against state-sponsored hackers who tried to block “inconvenient” pages. Since last May it has also protected participating U.S. political organizations and should be in place for the EU Parliament elections in May. According to Fast Company, the Jigsaw offering is part of its larger Protect Your Election initiative, which also gives training and Google account security tools to officials, candidates, and journalists, as well as providing a tool called Perspective to automatically detect abusive online comments.

After the cyber attacks against DNC and the boom of fale news on web and social media, Western governments and organizations as EU fear that foreign powers could try to meddle elections using cyber weapons

After the cyber attacks against the US Democratic National Committee (DNC) (2015 and 2016) and the boom of propaganda/fake news on web and social media, Western governments and organizations fear that foreign powers could try to meddle elections using cyber weapons. So efforts are multiplying to lock the defences. For “traditional” IT aggressions the job is easier, because countries have more or less capabilites to counter them. Furthermore, they control their national cyber space. But on social media, the battleground is more complicated. This, as the platforms are private proprerty. So governments have to negotiate with organizations to increase their awareness level and to led them act on their products. Sometimes pushing them with harsh measures, but sometimes asking them help. For the EU Parliament elections case there is a mix of both.

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